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Spurs Odyssey Premier League Preview - Crystal Palace v Spurs, 26.04.17

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Crystal Palace

Prem         Pl  W   D   L  For-Ag  Pts
Home         8   3   4   1   7 - 4   13
Away         7   4   1   2  12 - 9   13
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Total(Prem) 15   7   5   3  19 -13   26
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)  9   5   2   2   14 -6   12
Away(Div 1)  9   5   3   1   16 -9   14
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Total(Div 1)18  10   5   3   30 -15  26
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Football Lge  
Home(Div 2)  1   0   1   0    2 -2    1
Away(Div 2)  1   1   0   0    2 -1    2
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Total(Div 2) 2   1   1   0    4 -3    3
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Total(Prem) 15   7   5   3  19 -13   26
Total(Div 1)18  10   5   3   30 -15  26
Total(Div 2) 2   1   1   0    4 -3    3
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Grand Total 35  18  11   6   53 -31  55
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Last Six Premier League results:-

C. Palace  -    WWLWDW

C. Palace  1-0   Watford
Chelsea    1-2   C. Palace
S'hampton  3-1   C. Palace
C. Palace  3-0   Arsenal
C. Palace  2-2   Leicester
Liverpool  1-2   C. Palace

Spurs      -    WWWWWW

Spurs      3-2   Everton
Spurs      2-1   S'hampton
Burnley    0-2   Spurs
Swansea    1-3   Spurs
Spurs      4-0   Watford
Spurs      4-0   B'mouth

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 2. Spurs     32 21  8  3  68-22  46   71
12. C. Palace 33 11  5 17  46-53  -7   38

Cast your mind back - and forward

We travel to Selhurst Park tonight for the second in a series of four consecutive London Derby games, the first of which was our FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea. This match was originally scheduled for the week-end of 11th/12th March, when we played our FA Cup quarter-final. After tomorrow, our next two games are, of course, the much aticipated Arsenal game, and a Friday night date with West Ham at The London Stadium next week.

Cast your mind back to January 23rd, 2016 when Dele Alli scored a simply sensational goal at Selhurst Park to make the score 2-1 to Spurs. A description of the goal is not required here, as the details are embedded in the minds of Spurs fans everywhere, and indeed the minds of most fans of both persuasion who witnessed the moment. Even Palace fans applauded the goal which sent them on the way to defeat. Nacer Chadli scored another fine goal for Spurs in added time, but the game will always be remembered for Dele's moment of genius, which was confirmed as the "Match of the Day Goal of the Season". That was Dele's 6th Premier league goal of last season.

Cast your mind forward to last Sunday when Dele was announced as the PFA Young Player of the Year for the second successive gear. Mauricio Pochettino was upset that Dele (just 21 on April 11th) was not nominated for the senior award. Dele has now (in less than two full seasons) amassed a total of 26 Premier League goals, and 30 goals in all for his club, along with two goals for England, for whom he is an established star. Dele's most recent addition to that tally was of course his fine finish in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final.

Cast your mind back to late last season when Sam Allardyce led Sunderland to Premier league survival with only one defeat in their last 11 games. His wins included a 3-2 against Chelsea, who by that time had forced themselves back into the top half of the table after their dismal first two-thirds of 2015-16. Cast your mind forward to the present day, and Allardyce has been hero with Sunderland; villain with England, and now very definately a hero again with Crystal Palace. On Sunday, Sam's latest success was to win 2-1 at Anfield, and almost certainly ensure survival for another club which looked doomed when he arrived. Palace's recent run of one defeat in 8 games also includes 6 wins, one of which was also against league leaders Chelsea, and at Stamford Bridge. We didn't like Mauricio Pochettino's team selection for Saturday's semi-final, but perhaps he will be seen to be right to preserve his first choice wing-backs for tonight's game.

Cast your mind back to this time last year, when Spurs were seen as the only contenders to Leicester's miracle run to Premier League title success. It is the same now, not least because Liverpool fell to Palace on Sunday. Southampton fought bravely for most of the first half last night, giving Chelsea a scare, and Spurs fans hope that the title favourites would stumble, but Spurs go into their game playing catch-up (yet again), seven points beind the leaders. We also know that our run-in is much harder than that of the favourites for the title, but Pochettino and his players will not give up until the bitter end.

Despite our great disappointment at Saturday's result, we have to recognise that progress has been made this season. In a tough competition for top four, I submit that Spurs have exceeded expectations by holding second place in the table for most of this calendar year, and hopefully this time right to the end of the season. Of course, we all do still dream of that ultimate success of somehow pipping Conte's Chelsea.

Every game until the destiny of the title (and top four places) is a must-win. Just because they are "all but safe", I don't expect Palace to let up tonight. Their fans are amomg the most passionate, enthusiastic and noisy supporters in the land, and a humdinger of a game can be expected.

Spurs' team news is no different from that at the week-end. It must remain touch and go as to whether Danny Rose will be contending for a place on Sunday, or even next week, but we may see him before the season ends. Victor Wanyama scored our crucial (and the only) goal in our home game against Alan Pardew's Palace in our first home game of this season, but it remains to be seen whether he will start tonight, and whether Pochettino will choose 4-2-3-1 or 3-4-2-1.

Palace's recent success has been as a result of great team effort all over the park. A determined, if not always resilient defence has managed to ensure that Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool have been recent victims, aided by the current goal-scoring form of Christian Benteke, supported on the flanks by Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha. One is an ex-Spur; the other a Spurs target, for whom Spurs allegedly offered a "derisory" 11 million last summer. Maybe Champions League football will tempt him away this summer, who knows?

Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen (and also Mousa Dembele) know Benteke's qualities all too well, and you would hope that Townsend will be handled whichever side he attacks from.

Cast your mind forward to about 10 o'clock tonight and look forward to a Spurs win and a continuing title chase! I have, and my crystal ball says 2-1 to Spurs!

Match referee Jon Moss has overseen 4 of our games so far this season. They include the home and away wins against Swansea, and our 4-0 home win over Stoke.

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches

Reviewing Spurs' last Champions League Season - 2010-11. 6 years ago, on April 23rd, we drew 2-2 at home to West Brom.

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